Roger G. Bennett was born in Pratt, Kansas, on October 29, 1939. He attended High School in Pratt, then moved to Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where he graduated from high school. He went on to earn his B.S. Degree in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1963, then worked for 32 years for the Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, and later 14 years part-time as gift shop manager at the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, Colorado.
Roger first became interested in mineral collecting in 1975 after joining the Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, where his brother Norm was already member, and going on field trips with the group. His collection today includes minerals from all over the world, from thumbnail size on up, selected primarily for aesthetics.
Roger and his wife Janie have been active in the Denver Gem & Mineral Guild and have served on the Show Committee (including as Show Chairman). Roger's collection has won several awards at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show, including the award for Best Rhodochrosite specimen and the People's Choice award on two different occasions at the Guild Show. He attended the Tucson Show for the first time in 1975, and every year thereafter for the next 20 years.
Roger occasionally sells minerals at shows under the business name of Bighorn Enterprises but is not a regular dealer. Although he doesn't field-collect much anymore, his favorite collecting locality was the Thomas Range in Utah, and the Wah Wah Mountains for Red Beryl. In the 1970s he and his brother Norm owned the Moose and Moosehead mines in Colorado and mined them for rhodochrosite specimens. Roger and Norm also collected at the famous Sweet Home mine and discovered a rhodochrosite pocket there in 1977. They have been subscribers to the Mineralogical Record since 1976.
His other hobbies have included deer and elk hunting, golf, faceting gem stones and metal detecting.
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